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Originally published January 25, 2012 at 2:13 PM | Page modified January 26, 2012 at 6:38 AM

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City University's HQ moving to Belltown

Bellevue-based City University will relocate to Belltown, which it considers more accessible to students.

Seattle Times business reporter

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The Sixth & Wall Building in Belltown, empty for more than four years, finally has a tenant.

City University of Seattle is moving its headquarters from Bellevue to the full-block building, former headquarters of Group Health and before that the longtime home of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

The nonprofit university is leasing two of the building's three floors, or about 88,000 square feet, spokeswoman Tarsi Hall said. It plans to move in next January.

About 200 employees will work there, Hall said, and 3,500 students will attend classes. Classrooms, a library and other student- and neighborhood-oriented uses will occupy the first floor, staff offices the second.

The building, owned by Sabey Corp. of Tukwila, has been vacant since Group Health moved to South Lake Union in 2007.

City University has been based in Bellevue for 30 years, Hall said, but decided to move to Belltown in part because it's more accessible to students than suburban locations.

The university also considered the PacMed building on Beacon Hill — Amazon.com's former headquarters — but chose Sixth & Wall after taking students to visit both buildings, Hall said.

"They really liked the neighborhood we're moving to," she said.

City University, founded in 1973, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in management, education, general studies and other fields.

Eric Pryne: 206-464-2231 or epryne@seattletimes.com

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